Genetics tells us that genes are just as selfish as we are, even if evolution tries its darnedest not to make such things obvious. As humans became two legged, there were more reasons to move, and a larger brain evolved—full of brutishness, ego, and industrial zeal. But as more and more automation comes about, we seek to make things easier for humankind and move less, forgetting the reason for our brains becoming bigger in the first place. Therefore, unlike wild animals, our human populations have become fatter and fatter, and our muscles weaker and weaker. And, increasingly, it is obvious that all our visual and balance systems were optimized to make us modern humans upright and two legged. With the increasing use of cell phones, everyone you pass on the street seems hunched over their mobile devices, a sort of reverse evolution, the appearance of Homo mobilensis, a new species of man designed with the optimum body shape to work computers.
So, rather than being fun, movement has become a pain in the ass or something that must be forced upon us. Guess who modulated this slippery slope to slothfulness? Genes. All right, not particular genes, but several “gene associations,” territories in genetic wastelands where disease-linked genes live in clusters. If you ask me, these are evolutionary excuses. What movement for movement’s sake, like dance, has shown us is that we are still guinea pigs in an evolutionary lab. We could stop dancing, but then we’d end up having to depend on luck. No self-respecting species does things like that.
While you can certainly squeeze in opportunities for simple exercise during your daily routine, it may be time to think about becoming a gym member. But don’t panic we can help you figure out that transition, and how to find the right gym for you.